Pay Equity and Living Wage

About the Pay Equity and Living Wage Working Group

Created in 2019, the Berkeley Center’s Pay Equity and Living Wage Working Group explores gender-based (including LGBTQI) unequal and unfair pay and its intersection with race, ethnicity, age, disability, income status, and poverty. It examines the disparities among both workers and those who labor without any formal employment relationship across the globe. The Working Group has studied the progress made and challenges faced by countries, nations and regions around the world in addressing the gender pay gap. The Worldwide #MeToo Conference, held at Berkeley Law in May 2019, explored the relationship between the pervasive problem of workplace sexual harassment and unequal and unfair pay, a critical area that this Working Group has also studied. Collaborating with scholars, workers, lawyers and activists from around the world, The Pay Equity and Living Wage Virtual Conference will be held in Spring 2021. One goal of the conference is to identify potential, evidence-based, proactive steps to address pay inequity and living wage issues.

Pay Equity and Living Wage Working Group Projects

Pay Equity Flash Conferences

2nd International Equal Pay Day Flash Conference: updates coming

1st International Equal Pay Day Flash ConferenceThis flash conference explored the solutions for equal pay worldwide. Some topics discussed were: Women’s Economic Empowerment, equal pay in the United States, equal pay in Europe, and FPI Fair Pay Innovation lab.

Who We Are


  • Patricia Shiu

    • Former Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
    • Profile

    Patricia Shiu is the former Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs from 2009 to December 1, 2016 during the administration of Barack Obama. Prior to joining the Department of Labor, Shiu worked as Vice President for Programs at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in San Francisco. She worked there for 26 years. Shiu also worked as an associate at the law firm of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro.

  • Stephanie Bornstein

    • Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law
    • Profile

    Stephanie Bornstein is a Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she teaches and writes in the areas of employment and labor law, antidiscrimination law, and civil procedure. Her recent scholarship includes projects on both the gender and racial pay gaps and on pay data disclosure efforts around the world. From 2019-2020, Bornstein served as the Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Employment Discrimination Law. For its 10th edition, forthcoming in 2021, she will be co-author of a leading law school casebook in the field, Sullivan, Bornstein & Zimmer, Cases & Materials on Employment Discrimination (Wolters Kluwer/Aspen, 2021).

Student Assistants

  • Nicole Khoury

    • UC Berkeley Undergraduate
    • Profile
  • Emma Lapinsky

    • UC Berkeley Undergraduate
    • Profile
  • Eleanor Savas

    • UC Berkeley Undergraduate
    • Profile